My name is Mandy and I’ll be walking you through the ins and outs of purchasing vintage jewelry. VintageMarketGuide.com provides shopping tips and information about vintage markets, sales & shows throughout the United States.
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With that, let’s get your started with sizing up jewelry deals in the secondary market in this month’s featured blog post…
Estate Jewelry – Deal or No Deal?
Many people often have the question about approaching and finding good buys in estate jewelry. This write up will offer you some insights…
Estate jewelry refers to pre-owned jewelry in simple terms and this does not devalue it by any means. Several diamonds can be found in the rough (pun not intended) among estate jewelry if you are willing to put in the effort to source for them correctly. Imagine finding a stunning pair of sapphire and diamond Buccellati earrings that displays a brilliant fire or a graceful H Stern bracelet with small diamonds lightly dusted over it.
Looking for jewelry in the second hand market is the option that smart people seek when considering a purchase in order to get the best value for money. The other motive may be due to the interest in a jewelry piece’s history and heritage.
Estate Sales Are Great Places to Start Browsing
So, where should you head to for good selections and quality pieces of estate jewelry? The answer would be at an estate sale.
In essence, estate sales take place when the owner of valuable possessions want to sell off their valuables quickly at the best possible prices they can get. In most cases, estate sales are organized and carried out by 3rd party professionals or event companies.
Now, the main problem with estate sales is that most of the better buys are generally sold by the time an average person hears about them unless you already have a close relationship with the event organizer for a VIP preview. The other problem is that an inexperienced person will be unable to tell which are the stuff that are worth purchasing and which ones that aren’t worth their prices.
Research your Options – Are You Really Able to Acquire a Top Notch Jewelry Piece at the Best Price?
First of all, research your options thoroughly if you are intending to buy some jewelry from an estate sale. You can usually do this online before you physically attend the sale by browsing the website of the organizer. The reason why you should do the research beforehand is that it is easy to get distracted by the sheer volume of items that go on sale.
My advice is that you should not settle on the first jewelry article you come across. You should look around and carry out independent research with auction sites like eBay. This will enable you to compare prices and see if you will be overpaying for value.
Take a Professional Appraiser/Gemologist’s Advice
To some collectors, half the fun is perusing estate sales, finding pieces, and getting them appraised. For others, they just want to find the jewelry without the hassle and risk of paying too much for a piece of jewelry.
Before making a purchase from an estate sale, be sure to get that piece appraised by a professional gemologist/appraiser. This will give you more assurance that you are purchasing a piece that is of good quality artwork and worthy of your money.
In the latter case, it would just be better to find a professional in the business and purchase your piece of jewelry directly from them. The person you should contact would have to be an estate jewelry salesman and BUYER. The fact that they buy is key. It means they know how much the individual pieces are worth and can instantly determine the jewelry’s quality. This is a logical approach because someone who just sells will usually try to turn a profit at your expense. But with a person who buys, the person HAS to know their stuff!
I hope this short write up has shed some light on approaching estate sales. Good luck with your shopping!
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I used to work as a salesperson in a jewelry store and I know exactly the process of getting the absolute best engagement jewelry possible.
As you know, there is just so much to learn in a very short space of time. So, I’ve put together a section that’s designed to make the whole process far easier, less stressful and take some of the intimidation out of the experience.
For those that have already done a bit of research and think that getting the ring of her dreams within your budget is impossible, think again. With the correct education, it is possible to get the perfect ring at the perfect price. As you read through the articles, you will find out exactly how to do this and the best places to buy from.
OK, follow along as we will show you where to get the best deals. We’ll even let you in on our story on how we experienced buying engagement rings offline and buying them online can save you a load of cash while getting a ring that was beyond our dreams!
Grab a chair and a coffee, a pen and paper – you are gonna want to take notes when you read the rest of the website.
GIA Graduate Gemologist